★★★★ "The significance of this play will remain immeasurable" The Stage

★★★★ "Playful staging...smart dramatisation" The Guardian

★★★★★ "Humorous and horrifying in equal measure; the show was a thoroughly engaging experience from start to finish" LondonTheatre1


Paradise. Home of 10-year-old Darling and her friends: four children on the edge of innocence. A playground overflowing with mischief and games where they imagine countries a luxurious life away from theirs in Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

But when Darling moves to Michigan, the western world she encounters as a teenager is far from the American utopia of her dreams...

Based on the novel by the first Black African woman and first Zimbabwean to be Booker Prize-shortlisted, this defiant coming-of-age story is full of exuberance, humour and humanity.


We Need New Names was co-produced by Fifth Word and New Perspectives in association with Brixton House.

Writer: Mufaro Makubika (adapted from the novel by NoViolet Bulawayo)
Director: Monique Touko
Designer: Ingrid Hu
Lighting Designer: Adam King
Composer: Tendai Humphrey Sitima
Sound Designer: Ed Lewis
Movement Director: Ricardo da Silva
Assistant Director: Jordi M. Carter
Stage Manager: Alyssa Watts
Production Manager: Alison Willcox
Cast: Anashe Danai, Kalungi Ssebandeke, Lukwesa Mwamba, Munashe Chirisa, Princess Khumalo and Tatenda Madamombe


★★★★ "Dynamic...mesmerizing" Theatre-News.com 
★★★★ "The kind of story that should be told across all of our theatres" All That Dazzles 
★★★★ "This play will certainly be one I won't forget in a hurry!" Afridiziak 
★★★★ "Makubika brings a fresh perspective to this story" The Rendition 


After previewing and debuting at Brixton House, We Need New Names was performed at 9 theatres and arts centres across the UK from 28 April - 10 June 2023.